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I received a couple of sample vials of Serge Lutens perfumes around three or four months ago. I will hold my hands up and say that I had not heard of the brand at the time although I have since seen the name pop up a few times.
Serge Lutens is a French perfumier who has worked for Vogue, Christian Dior and Shiseido in his time. He now concentrates on his own perfume line and over the years he has notched up in excess of fifty scents.
One of the samples I received, and the first I was to try, was the L'Eau eau de parfum. Marketed as being a simple, clean scent, it really appealed to me and I hoped it would be one that I could spritz throughout the day, whether it be to the office, to lunch or out shopping/with friends.
As I simply have a small vial of this, I will not dwell on the bottle too much, although I feel it deserves a mention. The bottle is very plain and simple, which at first I thought was to reflect the scent inside. Having looked into it however, it seems that the majority of Serge Lutens scents are packaged in very similar bottles - tall and rectangular plain glass with a rounded lid. Whilst I can understand that this makes the bottles instantly recognisable as the Serge Lutens brand, I personally would prefer a bit of variety and tend to go for the more flamboyant or pretty designs when looking at perfume.
The official description of the scent is as follows: 'Get some clarity with this uncharacteristically floaty fragrance. Light as snow, clean as fresh laundry and optimistic as an endless blue sky, this scent is like breath of fresh air.' I actually thought that sounded rather lovely and couldn't wait to try it out.
I had to look up the notes of L'Eau online which was harder than anticipated. I found the following list of notes, however I am not sure in which order they are meant to appear, so I am just giving you purely my opinion on what I can smell in this scent.
Notes: Aldehydes, citrus, magnolia, white mint, clary sage, ozonic notes, musk.
When I first sprayed this, I was surprised at just how light it was. I had of course expected it to be light, but this was so light it was barely there. I would only usually apply one spritz of a perfume to my wrist, but felt two or three were required with this particular fragrance, as otherwise it was so light I didn't notice it.
Despite being so light, the fragrance is undeniably pleasant. It does indeed smell very clean, very fresh and initially there is a light, white floral scent that comes across, which I can only imagine to be the magnolia - although to some degree it also reminds me of lily.
This floral seems to fade rather quickly, to reveal crisp heart notes, which again are very fresh but rather than being floral, the scent smells quite soapy. What I was actually reminded of here, is those little tablets of white soap you tend to get in posh hotels, which smell simple, yet luxurious. The smell actually reminded me of a spa hotel I stayed in a couple of years back and even now when I wear this scent it takes me back to that holiday.
At first, when I read that the scent contained mint, I was surprised, but now I know, I can definitely smell it in there and think it is one of the lingering notes along with the teeniest hint of musk. I wouldn't say however, that it smells minty - this perfume will not smell like toothpaste or chewing gum, so don't worry about that! There's only a subtle hint of it and it works really well.
The notes combine to make a beautiful light, fresh, crisp fragrance which smells clean, simple and sophisticated.
For such a light fragrance, the perfume has great staying power. I can apply in the morning and still smell a trace of it by afternoon. Being such a light, understated scent, it is not necessarily one that others will notice you wearing, chances are they will just think you have used a nice quality soap recently!
Given the simplicity of the scent, I feel it is perfect for daytime wear. During the evening I prefer something stronger with a bit more personality and sex appeal! I think it would appeal to all age groups, it really is both ageless and timeless in my opinion.
I was a little disappointed when I found out the price of this scent, mainly because I can't afford it! It appears to only be available in a 100ml bottle, costing £86 from either House of Fraser or Space NK. I do feel that is a lot and despite the big bottle, I probably couldn't justify the cost as I own so many perfumes already.
If you are looking for a clean, simple, sophisticated and luxurious scent which is soft and subtle, then this one is ideal. It is pricey, but I think if I could afford it or if I found it on offer, I would be tempted to buy the full bottle.